Why mega IS/IT projects fail: Major problems and what we learned from them

Peerasit Patanakul, Saif Syed Omar

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Abstract

With a large scope and high degree of complexity, managing megaprojects is often a challenge to many project managers. Many projects fail miserably. Research has shown that success in managing megaprojects requires a great deal of coordination and collaboration which can be done through established processes, strong teams, and involvement of stakeholders. Even though these processes and approaches are known, effectively implementing them can be difficult. This study investigates the management of selected mega IS/IT projects in the US, UK, and Australia; identifies common problems; and discusses some lessons learned. Since the literature on megaprojects primarily focuses on major public infrastructure projects, the results of this study will provide significant contributions to the literature and implications to practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPICMET '10 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth
Pages1571-1582
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Nov 25 2010
EventPortland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth, PICMET '10 - Phuket, Thailand
Duration: Jul 18 2010Jul 22 2010

Publication series

NamePICMET '10 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth

Other

OtherPortland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth, PICMET '10
CountryThailand
CityPhuket
Period7/18/107/22/10

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Managers
IT project
Infrastructure projects
Stakeholders
Public infrastructure
Project manager
Lessons learned

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Patanakul, P., & Omar, S. S. (2010). Why mega IS/IT projects fail: Major problems and what we learned from them. In PICMET '10 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth (pp. 1571-1582). [5602132] (PICMET '10 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth).
Patanakul, Peerasit ; Omar, Saif Syed. / Why mega IS/IT projects fail : Major problems and what we learned from them. PICMET '10 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth. 2010. pp. 1571-1582 (PICMET '10 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth).
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Patanakul P, Omar SS. Why mega IS/IT projects fail: Major problems and what we learned from them. In PICMET '10 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth. 2010. p. 1571-1582. 5602132. (PICMET '10 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings - Technology Management for Global Economic Growth).